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Student charged over chalk slogan

Paul Saville
Mr Saville pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal damage.

A Bristol student has been charged with causing criminal damage after allegedly writing part of a poem about liberty in chalk on a pavement.

Paul Saville, 23, is studying sociology and criminology at the University of the West of England.

The second-year student is alleged to have written the protest message on the ground in Broadmead.

He pleaded not guilty at Bristol Magistrates Court and is due to appear again on 9 April.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed it had charged Mr Saville with causing criminal damage under the value of 5,000, but would not comment further.

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